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Sri Lanka Pavilion at the ITB 2017 – “Sri Lanka is a Grand Example for Peace Building and Eco Tourism“

IMG1ITBThe Sri Lanka Pavilion at the international tourism exhibition ITB 2017 in Berlin, Germany, has been inaugurated on 8th March 2017 with the participation of Hon. John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development of Sri Lanka.

IMG2ITBHon. Jürgen Klimke and Hon. Michael Donth, both Senior Members of the German Bundestag, P.M. Withanathe Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Germany KarunatilakaAmunugama as well as several other business leaders from the globaland Sri Lankan tourism industry also participated at this event.

IMG3ITBWhile recognizing the contributions of the Sri Lanka Travel Industry to achieve the targets set for the German market, Hon. John Amaratungainvited the German counterparts to guide and to work closely with his Ministry and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.

IMG4ITBAddressing the visitors after the lighting of the traditional oil lamp, Bundestag member Mr. Klimke said that Sri Lanka is one of the “rare and grand examples for peace buildingand political stability” in the world. He added that the boom of the tourism industry was especially great to observe, as it went hand in hand with the process of reconciliation on the island. His colleague, Mr. Donth commended the Sri Lankan tourism industry for its great performance and wished the tourism in Sri Lanka all the best for its future development.

IMG5ITBAmbassador Amunugamathanked the German Government for its support to strengthen economiccooperation and requested German and Sri Lankan tourism professionals to develop strong partnerships to enhance visitor numbers from Europe.

With more than 150 representatives of the Sri Lankan tourism industry, the Sri Lanka Pavilion is one of the major attractions of the ITB 2017, the biggest exhibition of the tourism industry worldwide. More than 10 000 exhibitors from 184 regions and nations exhibit the actual trends and developments in the tourism industry. More than 180 000 visitors are expected to visit the ITB 2017 until 12th March 2017.

With severalstructures and images reminding the visitors of the landscapes and buildings of Sri Lanka, including a live water fall, a tea bar with pure Ceylon tea available for the visitors and other attractions, the Sri Lanka Pavilion offers visitors every opportunity to experience the feeling of a real Sri Lankan holiday. The Sri Lanka Pavilion has been organized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau with the collaboration of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin.

The Sri Lankan Minister also had the opportunity to meet the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Energy during his visit. Hon. John Amaratunga’sextremely busy progaramme includes meetings with senior German Travel Industry personal, German media as well as listening to the Sri Lankan industry leaders on the issues pertaining to the industry.


“Sri Lanka is a Rare Example to the Rest of the World in Conflict Resolution”

1aThe Sri Lankan Embassy in Berlin marked the 69th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka on 4th February 2017 with an official ceremony at the Embassy premises followed by a reception in the evening at the Bürgersaal Zehlendorf Community City Hall in Berlin.

The ceremony commenced with the unfurling of the National Flag by the Ambassador, followed by a two minute silence to commemorate war heroes and others who sacrificed their lives for the motherland. The event was attended by around 300 guests, including senior officers from the Federal Foreign Office, journalists and members of the Sri Lankan Community.

The traditional oil lamp was lighted by Ambassador Amunugama, Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser (Director General of the Asia Pacific Division of the Federal Foreign Office), Frank Mückisch (District Councillor for the Division of Education, Culture, Sports and Social Affairs) and other special invitees representing all communities. The National Anthems of Sri Lanka and Germany were sung by the Sri Lankan children living in Berlin. Religious dignitaries representing Buddhists, Hindu, Islam and Christian faiths blessed the Nation and the people of Sri Lanka. The Independence Day messages of the President, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs were read in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages respectively.

Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Amunugama, emphasized the significant changes and developments that have taken place in Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and the National Unity Government. Reviewing bilateral ties, Ambassador Amunugama noted the growing relations between Sri Lanka and Germany characterized by goodwill, mutual respect and understanding. He also encouraged the Sri Lankans residing in Germany to extend their fullest cooperation towards the efforts carried out by the Government of Sri Lanka to bring a new era to our motherland.

Delivering her speech on behalf of the German Government, Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser praised the recent developments in Sri Lanka, and stated that Sri Lanka is one of the rare examples to the rest of the world, where a conflict has being brought to a lasting solution. She also commended the political progress and steps taken towards safeguarding democracy, rule of law and reconciliation. Frank Mückisch, who represented the Mayor of Steglitz – Zehlendorf also extended his best wishes to the Government and people of Sri Lanka and reiterated the commitment and support of the German Government for the wellbeing of the people of Sri Lanka.

A brief programme depicting the rich culture of Sri Lanka was performed by the Sri Lankan youth living in Berlin and the celebrations concluded with the signing of the National Anthem in Tamil.
The participants also enjoyed a traditional Sri Lankan meal organized by the Embassy.

06th February 2017
Embassy of Sri Lanka, Berlin

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Second Anniversary of H.E. the President’s Inauguration in Office

20170106 095300The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin commemorated the second anniversary of the inauguration in office of President Maithripala Sirisena, on 6th January 2017, with the participation of religious dignitaries and also with the representatives of Sri Lanka Associations based in Berlin.

In a multi religious ceremony chief incumbents of the Berlin Sambodhi International Buddhist Centre - Ven. Rabukwelle Devananda Thero - together with other religious dignitaries representing the faith of the Hindu - Rev. Krukkal Siniwasan - , and Christian - Rev. Carl-Heinz Merz - invoked blessings on President Maithripala Sirisena, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka for success, prosperity and harmony.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugama, elaborated on the achievements of the present Government towards national reconciliation, the re-establishment of democracy, the rule of law and good governance in the country. He added that the Government was working towards raising the living standards for all Sri Lankans. In addition, the Ambassador highlighted the positive image that was created by the Government among the international community.

On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, Ambassador Amunugama, urged Sri Lankans in Germany to support and strengthen the new Government in its historic journey towards fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Sri Lanka.

The religious blessings were followed by offering of alms to the religious dignitaries. Refreshments were served for the present members of the Sri Lankan associations and staff.

9th January 2017
Embassy of Sri Lanka, Berlin

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The Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin celebrates Deepavali on 29th October 2016

The Sri Lankan community in Berlin celebrated Deepavali, also known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ organized by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Berlin on Saturday, 29th October 2016 at Sri Ganesha Temple in Hasenheide, Berlin.

A large gathering of devotees irrespective of their religions joined hands together with their brethren Hindus as one Sri Lankan community to celebrate this hallowed festival, which spiritually signifies the victory over darkness, good over evil and hope over despair. All those who were gathered at the Hindu Temple followed the rituals and prayed together.

City Councilors and Politicians from District Neukölln and Senior Officials of Asian countries also graced the event.
A special ‘Pooja’ was performed by reverend Gurukal Srinivas of Sri Ganesh Temple bestowing blessings upon the people of Sri Lanka and the guests who were present at the event. Ambassador Amunugama praised the participants, for their keenness to attend the event thus creating harmony among the Sri Lankans in Germany.

The event highlighted the importance of sharing love and affection among each other to forget and forgive the differences and to move forward for the betterment of the country and for the people of Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan Embassy with the support of the Sri Lankan community prepared delicious Hindu traditional food (Blessed Prasad) and was served for the participants at the end of the occasion.

 

Embassy of Sri Lanka, Berlin
01st November 2016

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Embassy patronized the Kathina Festival held at Frohnau Buddhist Temple in Berlin

Marking another step towards to bring Buddhism closer to German nationals and to the new generations of the expatriates in Germany, Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin patronized the Katina Festival held at the Buddhist House in Frohnau, Berlin on 16th October 2016 by inviting the resident Buddhist monk Ven. Kongaspitiye Shantharakkhitha Thero to spend Vas period in the temple and engage in religious observances.

Katina is one of the main festivals in the Berlin Buddhist Temple. Throughout the Vas period Sri Lankan expatriates in Berlin and the staff of the Embassy took care of the resident Buddhist monks and engaged in religious activities. By the end of the Vas period a pirith chanting ceremony was organized in the evening with the participation of Ven. Bhante Athabandhiyaye Sugathananda Thero and many other Buddhist Theros travelled from Sri Lanka and from all over Germany for this Katina Festival at Frohnau temple.

On 16th October the Katina festival started with Buddhapooja and Dane followed by offering the Kathina Robe to Ven. Shantharakkhitha Thero by H.E. the Ambassador. After the rituals of Katina Robe, a Dhamma sermon was delivered in German and Sinhala languages. Katina fest was attended by more than 200 German, Thai and Sri Lankan devotees. A dansela was also organized by the devotees for the participants of the Kathina festival.

25th October 2016
Embassy of Sri Lanka
Berlin

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